UN Report Declares Internet Access a Universal Human Right while PulseWire shares their Testimonies on the Topic

Breese McIlvaine
Posted July 5, 2011 from United States

Over the last month, PulseWire members from around the world expressed their views on the importance of Internet access, and the barriers they face. The testimonies address real barriers—like cost—where paying fees at an Internet café can mean skipping a meal that day, or battling frequent power outages can make blogging one post, a multi-day task. Women have also shared security risks faced in connecting online—from the dangers of walking to and from Internet cafes to government censorship. Yet despite the challenges and risks women endure, what has emerged is that the benefits of Internet access outweigh these challenges, and connecting to the web has enabled friendships across oceans, access to fellowships and funding opportunities, and a venue for any woman—anywhere—to have a global voice.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, emphasized the vast benefits of Internet access in his report to the Human Right Council arguing that access is a universal human right, and urging governments around the world to pass laws protecting the freedom of internet access and information. "Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," - Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur and author of the report.

This Action Blogging Campaign will not be the last of our efforts to advocate for universal access to the Internet. Here at World Pulse we hear your concerns and are committed to addressing them. As an online community of women leaders, we want to make sure that women’s voices and their specific concerns about this important issue are heard.

Read the testimonies from PulseWire members around the world >>

Read the UN report >>

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Waqar Azim
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 06, 2011

I am so thank furl to breese for giving the members this information.It is an addition in my knowledge. I will just point out that a large number of women and children in the world are not getting food and drinking water and that aspect needs more attention. BUT the fact remains that the information given by breese is appriciable.I thank her and hope she will continue to share such information with worthy members.I also agree that the internet is an important tool to get the basic human rights and as such its importence is on higher side. Thanks and regards